Literary Lures is a new feature here at Wastepaper Prose that will run every Wednesday into the fall. Some awesome bloggers will be stopping by to tell you what hooks them on books and give some recommendations of books they love.
Katie from Mundie Moms is here today to talk about the types of books that hook her. What are the top three things that draw her in? What kind of romance does she love? Why does she put a book down? Katie's about to spill the beans.
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List the top three things that hook you into buying a book.
Great question. The synopsis, the author (if I've read their book previously and know their style of writing), and I know I say I don't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes the cover is what hooks me.
The Author: For example, I know that anything Ally Carter (The Heist Society series) , Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series) and Lisa T Bergren (River of Time series) write I'll love, and I will up their books without even worrying about weather or not I'll enjoy it.
The Cover: Some of my favorite covers are middle grade covers, which to me is fitting since kids are very visual. For example Lisa McMann's The Unwanteds Series, Colin Meloy's Wildwood, and Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities have some of my favorite MG covers. If I was browsing the book store looking for books for my kids, I'd pick these books based on the cover alone.
What type of storyline never fails to grab your attention?
A historical romance, and a fairy tale retelling. Having a bit of a paranormal element to it doesn't hurt either. More often than not you can't go wrong with either of these. For example Robin LaFever's Grave Mercy and A.C. Gaughen's Scarlet are books are fabulously written YA debuts this year. One has an awesome historical, romance, paranormal twist to it and the other is a suburb retelling of a children's classic, and given a fabulous twist. When you read these two books you'll know why I'm head over heels in love with their story lines.
What kind of love stories do you always fall for? What makes you want to root for those couples?
There's all sorts of things I look for, but over all I root for the couples I can relate to on some sort of level. It doesn't matter if they're paranormal characters, or from a contemporary. There's something to be said about an author who creates a believable love story and makes me fall in love with her characters, no matter how realistic or make believe they are. Once I feel a connection to them, I want to root for them to get through whatever it is they're dealing with. Prime example of that is Tessa, Will and Jem from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare and Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments series also by Cassandra Clare. She puts her characters through so much, as well as me the reader. There's heartbreak, hope, love, loss, happiness, humor and everything found within these books. Not everything works out the way I want it to, which is one of the things I love, because it mirrors real life in that aspect.
Some books get released as quickly as you snatched them up. What makes you put a book down and how do you know it’s time?
I hope I'm answering this question correctly... if you're asking what makes me pick up a book as soon as it's released or what makes me wait, then my answer is: If it's a book I've read an ARC for and I loved it, I'll go pick up as soon as it's out. If it's a book a few of my close author friends have written, than that book is either pre-ordered or picked up the moment the book store is open on their release day (sometimes it's pre-ordered and picked up). For the books that have been on my radar for awhile, but I've not actually read them, I depend heavily on what a few of my trusted blogger friends have thought about that book before I rush out to pick it up. If it's a book that they didn't love, than I'll wait to pick it up or borrow it. For example, Jennifer Echols's Such A Rush was just released in July. Based solely off of what my blogger friends have said about this book is the deciding factor in why I'm picking this one up now.